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Point of Origin (1998)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Series: Kay Scarpetta (9)

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A farmhouse destroyed by fire. A body amongst the ruins. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and consulting pathologist for the federal law enforcement agency ATF, is called out to a farmhouse in Virginia which has been destroyed by fire. In the ruins of the house she finds a body which tells a story of a violent and grisly murder. The fire has come at the same time as another, even more incendiary horror: Carrie Grethen, a killer who nearly destroyed the lives of Scarpetta and those closest to her, has escaped from a forensic psychiatric hospital. Her whereabouts is unknown, but her ultimate destination is not, for Carrie has begun to communicate with Scarpetta, conveying her deadly - if cryptic - plans for revenge. Chillingly mesmeric in tone, labyrinthine in structure, Point of Origin is Patricia Cornwell at her most dazzling.… (more)
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You can't put "Point of Origin" down. The devil is in the details, and you will come back to this book repeatedly. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
Grim. Grisly. Gruesome. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
Have decided that there is far too much gory detail in her books. No more. ( )
  ElizabethCromb | Apr 26, 2021 |
Another tense instalment of the (Temple) Carrie storyline, where Lucy has shifted gear, and Kay, Marino and Benton find themselves involved in an ATF investigation into a strange fire. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
This is the usual thrilling Patricia Cornwell book starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta. The forensic pathologist is called to a huge fire and a victim is found. She painstakingly does the autopsy and finds that the body is a murder victim. More fires occur and are they related to the escaped psycho, Carrie Grethen? Read the novel and find out! ( )
  LilQuebe | Jun 21, 2019 |
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Narbonne, HélèneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it , because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (1 Corinthians 3:13)
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With love to Barbara Bush (for the difference you make)
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Benton Wesley was taking off his running shoes in my kitchen when I ran to him, my heart tripping over fear and hate and remembered horror.
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A farmhouse destroyed by fire. A body amongst the ruins. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner and consulting pathologist for the federal law enforcement agency ATF, is called out to a farmhouse in Virginia which has been destroyed by fire. In the ruins of the house she finds a body which tells a story of a violent and grisly murder. The fire has come at the same time as another, even more incendiary horror: Carrie Grethen, a killer who nearly destroyed the lives of Scarpetta and those closest to her, has escaped from a forensic psychiatric hospital. Her whereabouts is unknown, but her ultimate destination is not, for Carrie has begun to communicate with Scarpetta, conveying her deadly - if cryptic - plans for revenge. Chillingly mesmeric in tone, labyrinthine in structure, Point of Origin is Patricia Cornwell at her most dazzling.

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